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Sussex Carol | O Holy Night with The Tabernacle Choir

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The folk melody of the “Sussex Carol” originally came from the town of Monk’s Gate in Sussex, and the lyrics are from a 1684 publication, the Small Garden of Pious and Godly Songs by
Irish bishop Luke Wadding. The melody was collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams in the early 20th century, and Vaughan Williams included “Sussex Carol” in his Fantasia on Christmas
Carols from 1912, even before it was published as a stand-alone carol. A festive and triumphant song, “Sussex Carol” proclaims to the world the message of peace and goodwill given by angels to the shepherds that first Christmas night. Mack Wilberg wrote an arrangement of “Sussex Carol” in 2008 for The Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas concert with The King’s Singers. The Choir’s performance at the 2021 concert is an adaptation of that earlier arrangement.

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